Incredibly Helpful Accessories for the Home Studio
It seems like more and more people are starting to begin to build their own home studios. This is in large part due to the fact that recording at home is now so accessible. Thanks to vast improvements in gear and software you no longer need to spend a fortune to make music in a small space. However, while you don’t anything but a small budget to get a recording space, using it efficiently takes some additional knowledge. In fact, there are a number of things that go completely over the head of beginning home studio owners that make a big difference. With that in mind, here are some accessories you can buy to make your space better.
With how much studio work is done on a computer, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a really solid mouse. Some people may think that a mouse is a mouse and as long as it works it is good enough. And while this thinking is technically correct, there is a little more to it than that. Not all mice are created equal. You want to make sure that you are getting one that fits both your hand and situation well. But even beyond just getting one that feels good, you may seriously want to consider picking up a mouse with extra input options. There are a number of units out there are designed to cater to a creative workflow. Having programmable buttons and pads can be crazy useful to those willing to give them a shot.
This is one of the most overlooked parts of any studio. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a room with thousands upon thousands of dollars in equipment, just to be tainted by a very cheap chair or stool. For many of us, the majority of our time spent in the studio is spent sitting down. This reality means that you want to ensure whatever you’re sitting in is providing you with the best experience possible. The obvious thing here is comfort. Clearly, you want to make sure that you are using something that feels good to you. But the less apparent side of this is the serious health benefits that come from sitting properly in an adequate chair. I’m not going to cover the details here but know that how and what you sit in can have a large impact on your productivity.
Quickly Accessible Tuner
You can spend all the time you want to get something to sound great, but if it’s not in tune, it doesn’t matter. Let’s face it, if you plan on recording guitars, basses, or really any other stringed instruments, you will need to have a tuner in your studio. This should be pretty obvious to anyone who has experience with instruments like these, but it can be an easy thing to overlook if you just focused on recording. The most important thing with picking out your tuner is getting one (or several) that fit your setup. For a lot of people, having a clip-on tuner lets you save space and time. Others prefer the ease of having a plugin tuner if you are recording everything direct. Just find what works best for your situation and stick to it.
Various Mic Stands
Having the right mic stand(s) for the job is a wonderful thing. For most home recording situations, you likely will only be using one mic at a time, in this case, you really only need one stand. However, you can still make sure to get the right stand for your situation. For example, if all you are recording is vocals, using a clamp desktop stand works great for an always ready to go option. If you are going to be recording several instruments live or tracking drums, you will end up using a lot of stands. And if you can manage it, it’s a great idea to get enough stands so that you can leave as much set up as possible. This will make your life a lot easier in the long run.
Unless you plan on doing everything completely in the box, instrument stands and or racks will be a great addition to your studio. Using something like a stand, rack or wall mount gives you the ability to pick up the instrument right away with little hassle. Remember that anything you keep in a case is a lot less likely to get used than stuff that’s out and ready to go.
Cable Ties, Runs, and Management
Now we conclude this list with something near and dear to my heart. No matter what kind of setup you have, cables will be a part of it. And if you have ever done much studio work, you know that if not tamed, these cables can quickly become a hindrance. This kind of disorder can not only cause you to feel unorganized but also introduce physical issues as well. You want to keep track of how things are being routed in your studio, this will make your workflow a lot quicker when making a change or troubleshooting. Furthermore, if you manage your cables well enough, your space will become instantly less stressful. Ultimately this category of accessory can play a big part in keeping your mind focused on making music, not dealing with a mess.